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Peter T. Rühr

Universität zu Köln, Institut für Zoologie und Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig – Leibniz-Institut für Biodiversität der Tiere, Zentrum für Molekulare Biodiversitätsforschung, Bonn

M.Sc. Peter T. Rühr

Peter T. Rühr, born in 1988, studied biology with a focus on the head morphology of primary wingless insects at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig and at the University of Bonn, where he received his master's degree in 2017. Since 2018 he has been working at the University of Cologne on his doctoral thesis about the evolution and the biomechanics of insect heads.


Peter T. Rühr, using his knowledge about applying computed tomography methods, was involved in several publications on different animal groups while he was still studying.


For his doctoral thesis, Peter T. Rühr has taken particular interest in how the shape of insect heads has changed over the course of their evolution, in the biomechanical effects that these shape changes have had and in why such a large variety of shapes has emerged.


  • (Synchrotron) microcomputed tomography
  • Geometric morphometrics (GM)
  • Multibody dynamics analysis (MDA)
  • Finite element method (FEM)
  • Phylogenetic comparative methods (PCMs)

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  • evolution
  • biomechanics
  • computed tomography
  • morphometrics
  • finite element method

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